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katrien

Living a slow, handmade life in an old italian farmhouse with 3 boys, a flock of well loved woollies and the man I love... โ€ข Knitting patterns & more:

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The {otherwise utterly adorable} reason why we ended up with a whole basket of slightly nibbled apples ... ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ˜„ . But then, quality control is an important part of apple picking too, right? ... So we set all the "tested" apples aside, baked an extra large tray of freshly picked apple crumble with them, and never looked back! . . . . #embracingtheseasons #anappleaday #stillsuchchubbyhands... ๐Ÿ™Š #fairytaleapple #appleseason #autumniscoming #littlestoriesofmylife #liveauthentic #livethelittlethings #livemoremagic #inhistinyhands

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Little Boss Baby; while overseeing the apple picking... ๐ŸŽ These past few days, we noticed a new chill in the morning air, which makes me all excited about the season of cosy layers and comfy {hand-me-down} knits... . . . . #anappleaday #embracingtheseasons #appleseason #thingsiwanttoremember #hishair.. ๐Ÿ™Š #Livethelittlethings #autumniscoming #ministylekids @kleineschobbejak

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That magical instant when the Sun breaks through to melt the morning mist ... I often feel this is my favourite time of the day; a moment full of mystery; full of promise, when the day is new and everything is still possible... . . & How abouy you... What's your favourite time of the day? . . . #goodmorning #theviewfrommykitchenwindow #sunrise #goodmorningmorning #thehappynow #morningslikethese #chasingthelight #littlestoriesofmylife #Livethelittlethings #livemoremagic

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Out in the woods with these two sweet boys. Francesco took our smallest peep with him to run some errands in the village this morning, and so it was just me and them... just like in "the old days"... soaking up the sounds and smells of the changing woods; the first crackling leaves, a little frogling crossing our path, and the musky smell of fresh mushrooms... And then, at our favourite spot down by the creek, a quiet moment and a few simple crackers ... little things that somehow made all the difference . . . . . #livethelittlethings #thehappynow #theartofslowliving #littlestoriesofmylife #mysweetboys #twins #nothingisordinary #folkgreen #intothewoods #livingislearning #wildandfreechildren

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These past few weeks, I've travelled deep into the land of forest dwellers and woodland sprites to create a little set of dolls that sing of autumn days and woodland adventures. A tiny collection, close to my heart, with lots of hand embroidered details, stuffed with the wool of our well loved woollies, and clothed in little dresses sewn from cotton dyed with plants and herbs, many of which were grown or foraged right here on our windy hill. I'm pretty sure I'll miss these darling creatures once they're gone, but it's even sweeter to imagine them travelling to their new home to become a little someone's treasured new friend โ€ข . . All the dolls are ready for preview in my little shop now, and they will be ready for purchase tonight at 9.30 pm, Paris time. โ€ข {link in profile} โ€ข . . . . #waldorfdolls #waldorfinspired #woodlandcreatures #makersgonnamake #waldorfpuppe #handmadewithlove #handembroidery #artdolls #nothingisordinary #heirloomdoll #waldorftoys #imaginativeplay

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Out in the garden, surrounded by the woods, on one of those golden crossroads between summer and autumn... Francesco and the boys started removing most of the summer vegetables {except for the peppers and the tomatoes, who still generously yield their sunshine fruit}, and planting for the season ahead. Soon cabbages and fennels will drink their share of morning mist... . . . . . . . #gardeningwithkids #organicgarden #ourroadtoselfsufficiency #farmingwithkids #embracingtheseasons #thehappynow #littlestoriesofmylife #theartofslowliving #wildandfreechildren

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A bit of "Rest-time" reality; toys everywhere, napkins from our lunch abandoned on the daybed {instead of the laundry basket}, a little boy who simply doesn't believe in taking a break, and {not pictured} the happy mess of a meal that was cooked and eaten together... For this too is who we are; messy and imperfect and real. We aren't models, we don't always have picture-perfect days, some of the vegetables we plant never bear fruit, and our children have meltdowns too. And that is perfectly ok! โ€ข Anyway, this topic has been on my mind a lot lately... and in the end I felt that I had to come out and write this post. Because it's all too easy to get lost amidst all the Pinterest-perfect interiors and pearly white smiles; all too easy to mistake them for the whole truth about someone else's life.. And so I ask myself if I show enough of the 'real' stuff too... whether the "real Me" manages to shine through the images and the words I come here to share. Because of course they imply a choice; the decision to share one thing, rather than another from amongst the hundreds of things and that we do in a day.. And for me that choice is usually inspired by the conscious decision to look for the beauty in our journey. First of all because I know that's what I personally need to focus on most to stay positive and to keep motivated to fight on, even when things get tough... But also because I truly doubt that you would be interested in my {extremely real} piles of laundry, the entirely un-heroic reality of caring for a sick animal, or the rear side of the house where unsightly painted walls await future re-building {and I really don't mean pretty pealing layers of paint in the "Romantically Italian" kind of way; they're plain ugly - trust me} ... I just don't see the point in photographing them, or sharing pictures of them here... but they are a very real part of our story too.. . . And so I guess what I really wanted to say was... I hope you'll never forget that behind these square snippets of beauty that I choose to share here, we too are real, and human, and flawed. Just like you. โ™ก . . . #ourhappymess #littlestoriesofmylife #thehappynow #embracingtheseasons #whpdailylife

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Early this morning, on our way back to the house {and a second cup of coffee}, after bringing the flock to a plot of freshly fenced pasture. The sheep were excitedly nipping at the dew-tipped greens, and a rooster crowed in the distance, when suddenly the September sun spilled her golden light from behind the hills, revealing the truth about how near autumn really is.... . . . . . #thelovesofmylife #morningslikethese #littlestoriesofmylife #livethelittlethings #livemoremagic #farmtoyarn #folkgreen #countrylife #farmingwithkids #embracingtheseasons #liveauthentic #wildandfreechildren #livingislearning

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Caught him there in the first light of day; quietly exploring a treasured souvenir from my childhood bedroom... We're all still basking in that golden glow of being home again after a vacation full of comfort and simple joys. Two weeks of {unplanned} silence to float on the last days of this stormy summer, to take the distance I needed to unravel a few knots in my heart, and to prepare for some bright new adventures that lay ahead... Also, today is our very first day of official homeschooling! The twins are starting grade one, and I couldn't possibly be more excited about this next chapter in our journey as a family! . . . . #littlestoriesofmylife #morningslikethese #thehappynow #liveauthentic #livethelittlethings #childhoodunplugged #wildandfreechildren #chasingthelight #livemoremagic #christopherushomeschool

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I've been thinking long and hard about how to caption this picture; whether I should write something about how very true it is that children in their earliest years learn mostly through observation and imitation, and how that always pushes me to be the very best version of myself; or if I wanted to share just how much this little toddler of ours loves his papa... always looking out for him when he hears a car coming down the dust road after a long day of work, and always quick to put on his rainboots whenever Francesco goes out to the sheep so he can join him: mimicking all his moves, and "telling" him all about what matters most... I could also have written a post about how unbelievable it is to me that in just a few weeks time our littlest bean will be two years old, and how some days that makes my heart break in a million little pieces, even if every single thing we discover about his growing personality makes us happier to call him one of us... But in the end, all that really comes to mind is that these two boys of mine are both so stinkin' cute, I just need this picture here! ๐Ÿ˜„ . . . . . #sometimesallyouneedisatinywheelbarrow #thelovesofmylife #wildandfreechildren #childhoodunplugged #littlestoriesofmylife #thehappynow #farmingwithkids #folkgreen

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Ten days from now the boys and I will be travelling to Belgium to visit my parents, and so we've started to make some little gift bags to bring along. Four different kinds of mint for Oma's tea, and a jar of hand picked juniper berries for Opa to use in the kitchen... Tiny bits of treasure from the land we love... One of the places I love most on our little patch of home, is a small field by the edge of the woods where the Juniper trees grow; a quiet terrace where you suddenly find yourself immersed in a hidden valley, a warm place where the quiet that surrounds us feels even more complete... I sometimes dream that one day, we'll be able to make our "Juniper Field" into a place where we can host our guests; in a yurt, or perhaps even a small cabin... But for now it's just us and the Juniper trees... {And it turns out our littlest man has a real knack for picking those berries from amongst the prickly needles! ... } . . . . . . #ourweeWolfie #outwheretheJunipersgrow #juniperberries #embracingtheseasons #livemoremagic #foragingwithkids #nothingisordinary #livethelittlethings #liveauthentic #folkgreen #foragedbyfolk #wildandfreechildren

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Out early this morning with my boys, gathering edible flower petals to add to our floral sprinkles jar, and snacking on those very first sweet blackberries... the summer heat has been absolutely relentless these days, leaving us all feeling a bit lazy and worn, and so we're making the most of the few cool hours we can spend outside! . . .

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